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Nevada Congresswoman urges 80 percent deductibility for business meals

The NRA thanks Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.), who has reintroduced her bill to restore the tax deductibility of business-meal spending to 80 percent. Berkley represents the Las Vegas area. Her bill is H.R. 468.

The NRA encourages restaurateurs to help Rep. Berkley in building a strong cosponsor list. In a written statement recently submitted to the House Ways & Means Committee on tax reform overall, the NRA reiterated the importance of a higher deduction for business meal spending. 

"We applaud Rep. Berkley for reintroducing this bill," said Nevada Restaurant Association President and CEO Katherine Jacobi. "Our operators, especially those in the Las Vegas strip corridor, have experienced a direct correlation between restaurant traffic and the reduced meal tax deduction."

Chef Andre Rochat, owner, Andre's at Monte Carlo Resort and Alize at the Palms Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, said "We saw a big drop in business lunch and dinner when they changed the deduction. Lawyers, real estate agents, insurance agents, and people who work from their home just don't come in anymore; we need to get the business back in our restaurants."

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